Authorities have identified the man found dead Saturday on clam flats in Phippsburg as 49-year-old Andrew Tomko of Oakland.An autopsy shows Tomko drowned and it is not considered suspicious.His body was discovered by a clam digger near Mill Dam off Basin Road.
Bess the Book Bus made a stop along its nation wide tour in Bangor Tuesday afternoon to spread the joy of reading.The bus rolled into town, visiting the Bangor Public Library.As part of the “Success is in Sight” tour, folks read books to children and handed out books for them to take home.Jennifer Francis founded the bus.She says encourging children to become lifelong readers helps them further their education and introduces them to different cultures.”I think it’s a wonderful way, especially in summer when kids that don’t usually have the opportunity to travel all they have to do is open the pages of a book and they can literally go anywhere,” she said.The “Success is in Sight” tour will travel to forty four states this year.
The Federal Reserve says it will likely keep interest rates at record lows for the next two years.The announcement comes after the Fed acknowledged the economy is weaker than it had thought.The fed expects to keep its key interest rate near zero through mid-2013.
Congressional budget cuts this year will force Social Security offices throughout the state to start closing earlier.The Social Security Administration of Maine says Congress budgeted one billion dollars less than what President Obama had requested.Effective August 15, their offices will be open from 9:00 a.m.
A house fire in Waterville has left one family homeless and sent a firefighter to the hospital.It happened on Oak Street shortly before 10:00 Tuesday morning.Waterville Fire Chief Dave Lafountain says the family who lived there left minutes before neighbors saw smoke and flames coming from the house.
A state lawmaker accused of threatening a news photographer with a loaded gun was back in court Tuesday morning.58-year-old Frederick Wintle of Garland was arrested in May and charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.As part of his bail conditions Wintle is not allowed in the state house without written permission from the speaker of the house.After Tuesday’s hearing Wintle’s attorney, Lenny Sharon, spoke about Wintle’s political future.
A woman is facing charges she smuggled the synthetic drug bath salts into a Bangor jail and consumed them there.Officer Dan Sanborn of the Bangor Police Department says 26-year-old Kari Hersey carried the recently outlawed lab-made drug inside her body when she was processed into the Penobscot County Jail Saturday morning.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it wants to help private dam owners in Maine.The agency will begin hosting a series of public meetings to figure out a new process to help the owners comply with federal laws to recover endangered atlantic salmon.NOAA has raised two possible solutions, the removal of dams or the installation of fishways.Three public meetings will be held in Maine, one is Wednesday at the Penobscot County Conservation Association in Brewer.The other two will be on August 15th at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta and August 18 at the University of Maine in Machias.All meetings begin at 6 pm.
Sebasticook Family Doctors will host an open house to kick off National Health Center Week.Patients and nonatients are invited to attend to see the new dental suite.Guests will also have the chance to win some prizes.The event is happening at the center on Church Street in Dexter.It begins at 10 am.
You’ve heard a lot about bath salts, a drug police officers and doctors are dealing with every day.It’s a man made synthetic hallucinogen and it can cause paranoia and violent outbursts.This is different than any drug that’s come before it according to Eastern Maine Medical Center Emergency Department Doctor Jonnathan Busko.